Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation Events

Fall Orientation is a two-day series of events where new students learn about the academic, student life and wellness services that can help them transition into life at the University of Calgary.

Events Overview

This year's Fall Orientation events are an exciting mix of social opportunities, games, information sessions, questions, and answer panels. A senior level student called an Orientation Leader will lead you and a group of your faculty peers through all major events during both days.

Information on how to register for Fall Orientation will be sent to your UCalgary email address in July.

Welcome messages

This is your first official welcome to the University of Calgary. We’ve prepared a montage of remarks from your Orientation Leaders, and special messages from campus student and staff leaders and the Students’ Union President.

Faculty information session

Faculty Orientation introduces students to the degree streams, advising staff and some of the instructors that make up their chosen faculty and department. Learn about social clubs, extra-curricular opportunities, and expectations in this exciting event.

Get to know your peers

Introduce yourself to your Orientation Leaders and other students in your faculty through friendly activities and games.

Campus Expo

Happening in the TFDL Quad on Wednesday, September 14 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Campus Expo is the first opportunity for incoming and continuing students to get involved on campus and learn about key campus services and resources.

University introduction

This is your chance to ask us questions! Attend the Student Life and University Transitions panels to hear from students, faculty and advisors and learn about wellness services, co-curricular and social programming and academic success tips.

International Student Orientation

A session specific to international undergraduate degree-seeking, exchange, and visiting students at UCalgary will occur on Tuesday August 30. For more information about International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Services website.

If you are an international graduate student, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies orientation webpage, or the International Student Services orientation webpage.

  1. If you are an International Student:

    International Student Orientation events take place in-person on Aug. 30 (undergrad) and Aug. 31 (graduate).

    International students are encouraged to complete the Fall Orientation registration form (to be sent out in mid-July) and indicate that they are an international student. If you have questions specific to your status as an international student, please contact Jaeeun Lee with your questions.

  2. If you are an Indigenous Student:

    Indigenous Student Access Program (ISAP) Orientation takes place in-person on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. ISAP students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should register using the form on the Orientation homepage.

    If you have any questions about ISAP, please contact Teena Starlight

  3. If you are a Graduate Student:

    Graduate Student Orientation events take place in-person on Aug. 31. Please visit our homepage for a link to the registration form, or visit the Faculty of Graduate studies for information about your event schedule.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a graduate student, please contact Kim Suvan

  4. If you are a Resident Student:

    Residence Orientation events take place Aug. 28 – Sept. 5. Residence students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should refer to the Residence homepage.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a resident student, please contact Ty Thomas

  1. How do I access Desire2Learn (D2L)?

    You can access your D2L by using the same log-in credentials used to access your myUofC (see below for further instructions on setting up your IT account). Log-in to D2L using the Central Authentication Service and you will be able to access your account. New students should have access to D2L by mid-July.

    This video is a great resource explaining the ins-and-outs of D2L's use at UCalgary. Many courses will not become available on D2L until closer to or on the first day of classes. As a first-year student, you currently have access to the Online Orientation D2L course. This is a great resource where you can learn about academic expectations, student services and extra-curricular opportunities on campus.

  2. How do I set up an IT Account and UCalgary email address?

    Your IT account gives you access to many important services across campus, including your email, campus WiFi, D2L (Desire2Learn, Brightspace), and myUCalgary.

    You can register your IT account at http://itregport.ucalgary.ca

    If you have already registered your account and have forgotten your username or password, you can recover this information online at http://password.ucalgary.ca 

  1. When will campus tours become available?

    Currently, there are in-person campus tours and you may sign up for one here under Newly Admitted Student Tours. We also recommend checking out the short video clip at the bottom of this page, as it shows some favourite spots on campus (including a few hidden gems).